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Latvian judiciary seeks to speed up longer cases

The Council for the Judiciary plans to identify problem factors and discussed ways to minimize issues with lengthy court proceedings in a February 10 meeting, according to Latvian Radio.

“In the meeting we plan to discuss how to explore this topic in depth, coming around to a reason, identification and also possible solutions,” said Head of the Secretariat Solvita Harbaceviča.

She said that on average the length of Latvian court proceedings are quicker than the European Union average, but that individual cases are disproportionately long. However as previously reported, according to the 2019 EU Justice Scoreboard Latvia ranked 16th in 2017 in terms of time needed to resolve civil, commercial, administrative and other cases, despite ranking 22nd in terms of number of incoming civil, commercial, administrative and other cases per capita.

“One thing is the situation, where we think we know everything, but if we dig a bit deeper into the problem, maybe we'll come to a deeper and much more effective solution,” said Harbaceviča.

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